Wednesday, November 13, 2013

An Improved DIY Dishwashing Detergent Recipe

Photo by John Nyberg 

We recently installed a used dish washing machine to help keep up with the dishes.  I was interested to find a DIY detergent recipe that could be used safely with the machine.  I tried a recipe which was suggested by  It was a great start, but I found that there was an awful residue left on all the glassware, even when I used the white vinegar rinse solution which was suggested to go along with the recipe.  With one addition, I found a way to make this recipe work

Dishwashing Detergent Recipe

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1/2 cup Sea Salt (fine or coarse)

Our addition.. the magic ingredient...
+1 tsp powdered Oxygen Cleaner per load in hot water (Sodium Percarbonate)

Combine the first 4 ingredients and store in air tight container.  This detergent will clump up a bit so I shake it up a bit in between use or chisel it a bit with a butter knife.  The clumping does not effect the functionality at all.  Use 1 to 2 Tablespoons per load  Next, the powdered Oxygen cleaner is what I found to be a critical for this recipe to work well.  The Oxygen cleaner is Sodium Percarbonate, branded as Oxiclean or Sun Oxygen Cleaner, etc.   Add 1 teaspoon of the powder to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of hot water and dissolve completely.  Add this to the bottom of the dish washing machine right before use.  It will not work well when added dry along with the other ingredients.  No other rinse ingredient, such as vinegar is required.  

Hope you like this recipe, and if you like DIY check out this DIY laundry soap recipe that we make with our soap scraps.  It is very simple and also includes ingredients from this dishwashing detergent recipe.

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